Arkansas Rice Depot, Inc.

Rating: 4.87 stars   47 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Disaster Aid, Food

Location: 3801 West 65th Street Little Rock AR 72209 USA

Mission: Arkansas Rice Depot is the oldest and only statewide foodbank in Arkansas.  Founded in 1982 by the Arkansas Interfaith Hunger Task Force, our name comes from the fact that Arkansas-grown rice was the first food distributed.  We haven’t changed the name, but now we give out all kinds of foods through a variety of innoviative programs.  Arkansas is one of the hungriest states in the nation; but thanks to Arkansas Rice Depot, over 65 million pounds of food has been distributed in Arkansas in the past 25 years.  Hunger still affects families, children, and the elderly in Arkansas, so our work, and our need for support continues.
Results: Last year, Arkansas Rice Depot programs served 13% of the population of Arkansas.  Through our Food For Families program we provide almost 7 million pounds of food each year to over 300 church and community hunger agencies across Arkansas.  Last year we helped feed 349,000 individuals.  Our Food For Seniors program enables volunteers to deliver 50 pounds of food and household items monthly to homebound senior in Pulaski, Saline, and Faulkner Counties who face hunger.  We serve over 25,000 children through our Food For Kids program, providing backpacks filled with kid friendly foods, personal care items and much more that is sent home with students facing hunger. We currently serve over 600 schools in the state.  Arkansas Rice Depot’s Disaster Relief program immediately activates, providing emergency relief through our food pantry partners, public schools, direct disaster service events, and even door to door if necessary. Our emergency relief efforts continue in a community as long as needed.
Geographic areas served: Arkansas
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 71-0574819
501-565-8855
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Rating: 5 stars  

Our church, Wesley United Methodists in Conway, AR has served the community for over 15 years with a food pantry. Almost from the beginning we have been associated with and depend on the Arkansas Food Bank to supply the bulk of donated food we provide to persons in need. We have served thousands of families averaging 3.5 persons each. Totaling the numbers is not possible but we have had an effect on thousands of persons lives. For the most part persons we help will come to us a few weeks or months and then become self sufficient. But there are some who have needed help for years, such as those disabled and unable to work or those with a serious illness and without funds. It has been my privilige to volunteer in this effort for the last 8 years since I came to this church and have had a close association with the rice depot. I have observed their efforts in helping persons throughout the state and am pleased with all those involved from the volunteers to the director. Ken

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I have watched the food pantry grow from serving a few families a month to over 300 families. Although mostly limited to help in our county we do not turn anyone away. On occasion there have been families traveling from far distances we have been able to help.

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I would not change the way it srves.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Food for Kids has definitely been a blessing to our students. The children have been complaining less about stomach aches and headaches. I decided to place some students in this program when a teacher caught a student taking crackers out of the lunchroom and putting them in his pocket. When asked why he was doing that, he stated, "My mama is hungry." I knew then something had to be done. The students now have a smile on their faces and seem to walk a little lighter thanks to Food for Kids.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization when I see smiles on our students' faces!

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At the moment I wouldn't make any changes to this organization. Thank you!!!

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Rating: 4 stars  

I am the director of Hope Food Pantry in Hot Springs. When I started in 2006 we served four or five families per month, by mid 2007 we had increased to 35 families per month but we ran out of food each month. In November of 2007 I applied to Ark Rice Depot for assistance and was approved in April 2008 and began receiving food. We served over 200 families, in 2009 we served 763 families and in 2010 we assisted 1397 households. Our Church is VERY small, there is no way we could have fed that many families without the assistance from the Rice Depot. We pay almost nothing for the food and they have been very generoul with their help to us. We look forward to helping even more in 2011

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When we have run out of food The Rice Depot has sent us extra food to help us feed the heavy flow of families.

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try to find ways to find more money to stock their shelves with food

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Rating: 5 stars  

We operate a food pantry in Montgomery County AR and have done so for 4+ years. We couldn't remain open without AR Rice Depot's support. Their organization is professional and highly respected in the community. They have been able to provide services and opportunities that no other food bank in the state has been able to do. We are greatful for all that they do.

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my interaction with them once a month when we pickup food including USDA foods. The personnel that run ARD are exceptional from Laura Rhea to Thomas in the warehouse.

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find a way to get them more food

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Rating: 5 stars  

I would like to say that the Rice Depot Program, has helped alot, and still giving to needy families in this Area. I have volunteer for several years,and its a God send for students. thanks for all you do.When I ask them for other items that the student ask for, and they ask no questions.and provide it to me .
thanks for the caring,Linda

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going in the home and seeing the results it has giving to the families.

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I would not change a thing, your program is wonderful.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I thank God for the Arkansas Rice Depot. They have blessed a lot of families over the years. We serve about 125 families a month. The community that is being served by Willie O. Thomas Food Pantry is below the poverty line. Because of this, parents and other guardians have very limited resources for providing food to their families. There is 90% of children receiving free or reduce lunch in our area.

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It is a joy seeing so many happy faces.

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I do not see the need for any changes. The organization is doing a wonderful job.

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Rating: 4 stars  

We give food once a month or if an emergency arise. We know that everyone who receives donated food are not in need. But to see the ones that are in need being helped, makes it all worthwhile. Seeing the gratitude and realness of some of the people, makes you just want to do more. Our goal is to extend to the needs of children and families and thanks to Rice Depot we are able to reach out and touch. It is all about helping and Rice Depot helps us to help other. We are elated to be one step closer to our

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Agency /Food Pantry

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I really don't know what they have to go through to serve the difference agencies, so for that I can't say I would possible change anything. To me they seem to be friendly, knowledgeable, and liberal. Three of many traits I look for in busuness.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Rice Depot and the Food For Kids program has been a great asset to our students. This program has made it possible for our kids to be able to focus learning rather than worrying about being hungry later. This is an awesome program that I am proud to be associated with!

Jennifer Robinson, RN
School Nurse

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I have had the opportunity to give the food provided by Rice Depot and the Food For Kids program to the children of my school.

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have more donors because the need is so great. I appreciate everyone who makes this program possible.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a school nurse in a small school district with a very high poverty rate. We have many students in need of basic essentials like food, water and school supplies. Without the help of the Arkansas Rice Depot we would not be able to supply all the children in need with a snack here at school or be able to send food home with them. Since we have partnered with Rice Depot in stamping out hunger we have seen an increase in our children's happiness, alertness and learning. Children who would not have a backpack or school supplies like the other children now do with the help of the Rice Depot. They have what they need to succeed not only materially, but emotionally. Thank you Rice Depot and everyone who volunteer their time and give their financial support for helping us love and educate our students. Shawn GoodKnight, Magnet Cove School District, School Nurse.

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watching a change in our students who are served by Rice Depot.

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There is nothing I would change.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The good work accomplished by this organization is felt by the hungry children every night that are able to eat, because of the back pack full of food they get at school,and feel good for school the next day. Ms. Laura Rhea, CEO, has given all of herself, more than just her "work time", to this great endeavor. I have seen the faces of the people helped here and it is a humbling experience to know you had a little hand in making their smile possible. Please give to this great group.

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Seeing the volume of food that is distributed on a weekly basis around the state

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Increase their public exposure so that their funding could be multiplied.

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